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06 July 10:55 de la mañana

Andriy Shevchenko has apparently made up his mind on where his future lies.

According to reports, the former AC Milan and Chelsea star will be returning to the English club to work for his good friend Roman Abramovich. This article cites the president of his most recent club Dynamo Kiev, who spilled the beans.

However, Shevchenko himself hasn't pronounced himself just yet. He's just undergone knee surgery after starring for Ukraine in Euro 2012 and he plans to rehab before going public on his final decision.

25 June 5:31 de la tarde

The Scottish Premier League's loss just may be Major League Soccer's gain.

After the collapse of storied club Glasgow Rangers, their prized winger Sono Aluko is being linked with a move across the pond to the United States. According to a report from The Scottish Sun, the 23-year-old Nigerian international has declared publicly that he does not want his contract renewed, with the publication contending that the Houston Dynamo are leading the charge for his services.

According to the Sun, the New England Revolution are also in the hunt for the outside midfielder, who scored 12 goals in 21 appearances last season for 'Gers. The English-born Aluko spent three seasons playing for fellow SPL side Aberdeen – where he tallied seven times in 82 appearances  prior to joining Rangers. The report also mentions Championship sides Crystal Palace and Charlton as teams interested in Aluko's services.

If the Scottish Football Association agrees to transfer his registration, he could be set to make an immediate impact for whichever club he signs with.

10 June 9:48 de la tarde

It's been a whirlwind few months for Terrence Boyd (above, credit: MexSport), and to cap it all off, he will soon get his first taste of top-flight soccer.

A report in Austria publication sport10.at (in German) suggests that Boyd's long-rumored move from Borussia Dortmund to Rapid Vienna is all but sealed. He is set to fly to Austria and finalize the deal following the United States' World Cup qualifier at Guatemala on Tuesday.

He is quoted as saying to sport10.at, "The league is very attractive and is highly-regarded in Germany. In my opinion a young player can advance a lot in this league."

In addition to playing top-flight soccer, Boyd will get to test his wits in the Europa League, by virtue of Rapid's second-place finish in the 2011-12 Austrian Bundesliga. The club was also a recent stop for a pair of D.C. United players – Hamdi Salihi and Branko Boskovic.

Boyd joins the 32-time Austrian champions on the back of a 20-goal season for Dortmund's reserve team, which plays in the German fourth division. His breakout year, movement, and ability to trouble defenders with his physicality earned him the attention of Jurgen Klinsmann and the US coaching staff. 

Though he hasn't played top-flight soccer yet, he made his national team debut in the USA's 1-0 victory over Italy in February and scored two goals in the ultimately disappointing Olympic qualifying campaign. He came on as a substitute in the Americans' 3-1 World Cup qualifying win over Antigua and Barbuda, cap-tying him to the United States and bringing his total to four caps.

Is Boyd's move to Austria the right step forward for the 21-year-old? How do you think he will cope with the pressure of top-flight professional soccer? As is the case with young players, it's too early to tell, but all the signs point to a bright future for the young man.

05 June 2:12 de la tarde

Being an English Premier League cast-off is no guarantee of success in MLS, but it sure is a good way to get a trial.

That's the case for American midfielder Anton Peterlin, who spent the 2009-10 season with Everton after a couple of distinguished seasons with the Ventura County Fusion stateside.

Peterlin never suited up in meaningful competition for the Toffees, and eventually spent the following two years with Plymouth Argyle and then Walsall in England's lower tiers.

Now he's giving it a go in MLS, apparently in camp with Vancouver:

31 May 6:14 de la tarde

The big news out of Brazil on Thursday morning centered around a player well-known to soccer fans worldwide. Former Barcelona and AC Milan star Ronaldinho has been freed from his contract with Brazilian giants Flamengo following a dispute over unpaid wages. (Portuguese)

'Dinho was heavily linked to the LA Galaxy in early 2011, but the move never materialized as he headed back to his home country after leaving Milan.

However, he is now on the market, and though the 32-year-old is all but certainly past his glory days on the European stage, there will be no shortage of clubs both at home and abroad interested in his services. After all, he has appeared for Brazil as recently as a February 29 friendly win over Bosnia and Herzegovina, and put in a strong showing against Mexico in the Brazil's 2-1 win over El Tri last October.

Might the Galaxy come or another MLS club come calling once more, or will he opt to go somewhre else, either in Brazil or abroad? He certainly wouldn't be cheap – the dispute with Flamengo was reportedly over wages totaling just shy of $20 million.

Even if MLS does make a move, would Ronaldinho be able to cut it in the physically-inclined league or would he be better off elsewhere? There is no doubting his otherworldy skill and vision, but he's also shown a propensity for Rio's nightlife in the past few years, with his recent performances raising questions about his fitness levels.

Would this onetime superstar be worth the investment for an MLS team? What's next in his storied, if occasionally turbulent, career? We'll certainly know more in the coming weeks. In the meantime, weigh in with your comments below.

24 May 9:48 de la tarde

Could Geoff Cameron become the latest US men's national team player to make the jump across the pond?

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According to a report on Soccer by Ives, the 26-year-old Houston Dynamo is attracting a number of suitors from across Europe. Though no specific teams have been mentioned, the report cites interest from England, Holland, Germany and Portugal.

If Cameron does make the jump to Europe, which league would fit his style the best? Should he jump straight to the big time and opt for a move to England or Germany, or would he be better off testing the waters in Portugal or the Eredivisie?

Wherever he goes, it's clear that we will begin to hear a lot more about Cameron. His play for the Dynamo has caught the eye of US head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who now considers him among his top options in the center of defense thanks not only to his defensive abilities, but also his technical skills, which fit in well with Klinsmann's vision for the team.

Does Cameron have what it takes to cut it in Europe? Can he show he's the center back of the future for the US national team? Weigh in with your comments below.

22 May 12:28 de la tarde

Somehow, Didier Drogba played in London for nearly a decade and managed to remain underrated. How that's possible I have no idea — the English press (which drives discussion about players in more than just the English-speaking soccer world) is famous for overinflating the value of guys who play in the Premiership.

So it's kind of remarkable that Drogba spent the last eight seasons as the best player for one of the EPL's two best clubs, yet was almost never regarded as such.

Now reports (including one with what is purportedly a direct quote from Drogba himself) say he's leaving Chelsea. And, of course, he's doing so on top, having led the Blues to their first ever Champions League title:

Most analysts see him landing in China with former teammate and current BFF Nicolas Anelka, but surely more than a few MLS clubs must be interested, right? Given Drogba's form, stature and ability to put the ball in the net, he'd seem to make an ideal DP.

Montreal looks like a natural landing spot, since it'd be a big boost to add a Francophone star. But another team that should at least pick up the phone is Chicago. The Fire have shown they're not nearly as far along as they looked at the end of 2011, and could use a true target man to lead the forward line.

Drogba is nothing if not that. Even if it did take the English press far, far too long to notice.

08 May 2:50 de la tarde

We haven't heard much about Bobby Burling in recent months, not since the onetime San Jose Earthquakes defender was selected by the Montreal Impact in last fall's expansion draft and declined to join the new club.

The 27-year-old obviously has plenty of playing years left, but for now he's been doing some traveling, including stopping in to visit his friend Sacha Kljestan.

So is Kljestan -- or should we call him Superman? -- going to help Burling get a gig somewhere in Belgium? 

20 April 5:06 de la tarde

A German report is pointing to a new fullback for the New York Red Bulls.

Former Italian national team defender Gianluca Zambrotta is said to be talking with NYRB, according to German soccer site 4-4-2.com.

The 35-year-old is out of contract with AC Milan this summer and several online reports state that the Italian giants will not be re-signing him.

Zambrotta has 11 appearances and one goal for the rossoneri this year.

20 April 3:38 de la tarde

After his latest multi-game suspension in a New York Red Bulls uniform, some in the media have wondered whether it's time for Mexican midfielder Rafael Marquez to move on.

But how many were expecting this?

ESPN Deportes reporter Rafael Ramos tweeted the following on Thursday night: "Everything indicates that Rafa Marquez will end up with Chivas USA. It looks like they will end up paying 50% and 50% together with the Red Bulls. In NY he's the rotten apple."

That tweet was immediately followed up with a response from Chivas USA GM Jose Domene: "Dear Rafa [Ramos], I don't know who your source is, but we have not sought him out. I'd be glad to chat with you when you'd like."